Allen foils Spar­tans’ jab at glory

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All the hype about all the young tal­ent on both teams? Oh, it’s real and le­git­i­mate. Un­for­tu­nately for Michi­gan State, the re­al­ity of Duke se­nior sharp-shooter Grayson Allen is just as le­git­i­mate.

If this was an ap­pe­tizer for the col­lege bas­ket­ball sea­son, yes, we’ll take more please. The No. 1 Blue Devils had too much re­bound­ing and too much Allen and pulled away for an 88-81 vic­tory Tues­day night in the Cham­pi­ons Clas­sic. The No. 2 Spar­tans flashed their im­mense po­ten­tial, led by fresh­man Jaren Jack­son Jr., but nat­u­rally, it was the old­est guy on the floor who took over.

Allen scored a ca­reer-high 37 points, but when he wasn’t fir­ing up one of his seven three-point­ers, the Spar­tans hung tough. Not quite tough enough, which surely will grate on Tom Izzo, who now is 1-11 against Mike Krzyzewski.

We saw all the ele­ments that make the Spar­tans so tan­ta­liz­ing, as Jack­son, Miles Bridges and Nick Ward

Charles Rex Arbogast/As­so­ci­ated Press


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